Olivier Giroud: Gunners Signing Striker Would Entice RVP into Signing New Deal

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJune 13, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  Robin van Persie of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium on November 5, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Julian Finney/Getty Images

Arsenal signing strikers Lukas Podolski and possibly Olivier Giroud would not spell the end for Robin van Persie in a Gunners uniform.

It might actually be the signings that make the Dutch striker stay at the Emirates.

According to Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph, Arsenal and French striker Giroud are expected to reach a deal within the next 48 hours.

"Giroud, who was the top scorer last year in France’s La Ligue, is currently in Ukraine with Laurent Blanc’s France squad but the official completion of a deal is now extremely close both with Montpellier and the player," says Wilson. 

A deal with the striker would bring two to Arsenal this summer, Podolski being the other. 

Would the signing of these two strikers be enough to keep van Persie? Maybe and maybe not, but we'll find out.

Arsenal is doing what they can to prove to him that they are serious about contending for the English Premier League title and other major tournament titles next season.

Goal scoring was the biggest issue for Arsenal this past season. Aside from van Persie's 30 goals, Theo Walcott was second on the team with eight. 

The lack of goal scoring won't get it done from a team legitimately contending for the league title. A change was inevitable. 

Bringing Podolski and Giroud over would bring legitimate scoring options from multiple angles. Arsenal could either play a formation to get all three on the pitch at the same time or put Podolski or Giroud on the bench.

Either way, Arsenal would be in a much better position to compete for the league title next season. 

Arsenal is looking to lock up van Persie to a long-term deal, but not doing anything this summer would almost guarantee his exit. 

Signing strikers doesn't mean he's being replaced, it means that they are trying to keep their best player. 

It just may work.